OALA Awards

OALA President’s Award

The President’s Award is given in recognition of the contributions by an OALA Full Member who supports and advances initiatives and actions of the association and promotes the profession of landscape architecture in Ontario. It is given in recognition of dedicated volunteerism, generous service to the association, and for leadership in the field of landscape architecture.

Joanne Moran

Joanne MoranThis year, Sarah Culp, OALA President, awards Joanne Moran with the fifth OALA President’s Award for service to the Association.

Joanne has brought strength, energy and leadership to the OALA, and more recently to the CSLA, on many initiatives to further landscape architecture in Ontario. Joanne’s contributions to the OALA are numerous. Joanne joined the Association as a Full Member in 1994. She has served on many Association committees and, in particular since 2008 on OALA Council, Council Executive Committee, and most recently the CSLA Board of Directors.

Joanne consistently displays a high level of professionalism, dedication and standard of care. Joanne has devoted her professional life to advancing the parks and open space system within the City of Ottawa and the promoting landscape architecture in the province of Ontario. Joanne has brought a sense of renewal to the Association. She is constantly looking forward to new opportunities to advocate for landscape architects in Ontario and addresses challenges in a thoughtful, deliberate manner and with innovation and insight. She has given selfless volunteer hours each year to this end.

Joanne has served on OALA Council and Executive Committee holding positions of Secretary, Vice-President and President and currently, as Past-President. Joanne has contributed extensively to the organization and management of Association priorities, including By-laws, Issues and Policies, Professional Practice and Ethics Committee, office operations; and many other OALA initiatives, including the Mandatory Continuing Education Program and Practice Legislation Committee.

Joanne is also active in her local OALA Chapter – the Ottawa/Central Region and LAO and she offers a regional perspective and representation on Council. Joanne has made a special effort to reach out to the leadership of other Ontario-based professional associations – she is an ambassador for landscape architects.

She is the current OALA representative on the CSLA Board of Directors, and in this role Joanne is a strong advocate of the Ontario landscape architects. Joanne has elevated the professionalism of the Association and continues to take on new challenges and roles, most recently as Chair of the Honours, Awards and Protocol Committee, that manages the OALA Annual Awards Program and she also is participating as a juror of the CSLA Awards Program. Through her leadership she has facilitated the OALA to become a more visible and engaging Association. Joanne continues to impress a lasting and positive influence on the OALA and the CSLA.


OALA Emeritus Member

Emeritus members are full members of OALA who have ceased full time practice and who are nominated by another full member in recognition of their years of service to the profession.

Marius Ois

Mr. Ois is one of the founding members of the OALA, having served as the first Secretary of the Association and has served on various OALA committees since. He is a member of OALA since May 22, 1970, and Fellow of the CSLA since 1982. In his various senior positions he had a positive influence in governments such as the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Housing, where he served as Chief Landscape Architect for ten years. He opened his private landscape architectural firm in the year 1984, where he worked on a variety of projects, including Sports facilities, Housing developments, Commercial developments and Property Management. During that time he was active in the educational sector as part-time faculty of Ryerson University for twenty years. His close connection to and knowledge of the Landscape Construction industry also lead to his involvement in the Landscape Ontario Educational Programs and also authored various articles in Trade and Property Management magazines.


OALA Honorary Member

The Honorary category of membership is for non-landscape architects for whom Council wishes to recognize for outstanding contributions in their own fields to improving the quality of natural and human environments.

Steven Peck

Steven Peck is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities since 1999 and Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) since 2011, of which the OALA is a Steering Committee member. Through GRHC, Mr. Peck advanced the green roof and gardening industry as well as green walls by facilitating research, demonstration projects, conferences and workshops. He authored two books, Award Winning Green Roofs (2008) and The Rise of Living Architecture (2012). In 2007, he co-founded World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) in Baltimore, an international coalition dedicated to developing the living architecture industry world-wide. In 2008 he co-founded Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF), a charitable arm of GRHC, providing education and resource materials for the development of living green infrastructure. He also spearheaded the development of an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) program.

His organizations and his work has promoted changes in how we look at roofs and walls as more than just a place to store building equipment or a blank canvas for graffiti. He’s worked with policy makers to change municipal building requirements to include alternatives for greener, more sustainable roofing materials and uses. He’s brought green roofs and walls to the forefront as areas deserving attention that can help the environment and improve our lives.

In 2011, the OALA joined six other Ontario organizations to steer the mission of GIO Coalition. As a co-founder of GIO, Mr. Peck led the delivery of the report, Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario to the Government of Ontario in March of 2012. He’s made us all look at changing our ways in managing rainfall and runoffs more naturally and encouraged the use of green technology to protect our natural environment which ultimately improves our physical wellbeing. His inclusion of the OALA and continued promotion of our membership as capable and knowledgeable professionals in the field of green infrastructure design and technology has helped lift the profession of Landscape Architecture in Ontario.

It is both well-deserved and timely to award him a Honourary Membership to the OALA as he has demonstrated his understanding and knowledge of Landscape Architects and our scope of work.


OALA Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution

This award recognizes the outstanding leadership, and contribution of an associate for going above and beyond to assist fellow associates. Activities include, but are not limited to, tutorials, LARE exam help, special tasks, OALA Library, Special Events, meeting associates and others, including being an associate representative on OALA Council.

This award is named after Jack Copeland. Jack was an active Ottawa area member, who passed away in 2013. Jack was enthusiastic advocate for Associate members.

Katherine Peck

Katherine PeckSince March 2013, Katherine has been an associate representative on OALA Council and has been critical to the success of LARE preparation workshops and the expansion of the OALA library. Writing the LAREs is an intimidating task for many associates and any support along the way is incredibly valuable.

To ease the process, Katherine has kept an open dialogue with many exam candidates, taken the time to address individual requests, provided guidance wherever she can, and has connected individuals to the right people as needed. Many associates take advantage of Katherine as the “go-to” face on Council.

In addition to her coordination with the associate membership, Katherine has been vital in tending to the OALA library – a critical resource for many members. This year, the OALA was also approached by the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG) with the idea of hosting a satellite library at their facility. Katherine coordinated with the TBG to set up a LARE review workshop at the Gardens with great success, and in doing so, began a new collaborative opportunity for the OALA. Along with this, Katherine has started investigating the feasibility of the OALA hosting an e-library of LARE study materials, pushing an innovative approach to how OALA resources can be more accessible to members.

Above all, Katherine has made the interests of other associates equal to her own. She is completely deserving of this award and moving into the future we are confident that she will continue to be a leader within the OALA.


OALA Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment

This award is given to individual landscape architects or a landscape architectural group to recognize and encourage special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. This award is named in honour of Carl Borgstrom who of all OALA’s founders, was the most actively in tune with the natural landscape.

Fiona Rintoul

Fiona RintoulThroughout her career, Fiona, Principal of Fiona Rintoul & Associates has focused on providing design and consulting services with an emphasis on community-based ecological design for many institutional, commercial and residential projects.

Over the past 29 years, Fiona Rintoul & Associates has been actively involved in the renewal of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Guelph. Beginning in 1986, the firm has continually made a significant contribution to the protection, enhancement and sensitive restoration of the Health Centre lands. Fiona has skillfully integrated aspects of sustainability through ecosystem enhancement and management and successfully used community involvement practices for the 44-hectare site improvements, ensuring its healthy development and progression over time.

A milestone for the work at St. Joseph’s was reached in 1996 when Fiona was instrumental in the installation of the Healthy Habitat Garden, comprised of mixed native plant communities and pollinator-friendly meadow species. These plantings are maintained using a management strategy, designed to ensure longevity and ecosystem well-being. Over time, this “Garden” has flourished and provides key environmental and social benefits to the community. In 2000, with the expansion of the Health Centre, Fiona was involved in the creation of stormwater management facilities, including a stormwater system and vegetation plan that incorporated an historical tributary and a new stormwater management basin. Specialized seed mixes were specified to enhance the rich diversity already found on site, which, over the last 15 years, has been left to grow and develop with minimal maintenance inputs. Over time, the plant communities have succeeded to the desired woody plant species resulting in a strong and robust ecosystem. Maintenance practices include the removal of invasive species and addition of appropriate plantings through a stewardship program that engages students from local high schools in conjunction with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Trees for Guelph.

Fiona Rintoul is a passionate advocate for the natural environment and landscape architecture in Ontario, particularly in Guelph and surrounding areas. Her firm’s work at St. Joseph’s Health Centre reflects a strong commitment to sustainable design practice and it exemplifies the OALA’s Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment that recognizes a special and unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment.


OALA Certificate Of Merit For Service To The Environment

This certificate is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency In Ontario to recognize and encourage a special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. Contributions may have had a local, regional, or provincial impact through policy, planning or design, or as an implemented project.

Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine JohnsonLorraine’s work has been instrumental in connecting social and ecological issues related to gardening, native Ontario landscapes, urban neighbourhoods, community parks and local activism advocating the world of landscape architecture.
Many of Lorraine’s publications have served as reference for the identification and potential use of native plants in Ontario for many landscape designers and architects. She has authored more than 10 books and those related to native plants/ planting and garden design including:

  • The Real Dirt: The Complete Guide to Backyard, Balcony and Apartment Composting. Coauthored with Mark Cullen. 1992.
  • The Ontario Naturalized Garden: The Complete Guide to Using Native Plants. 1995
  • Grow Wild: Native Plant Gardening in Canada and the Northeastern U.S. 1997
  • The New Ontario Naturalized Garden. 2001
  • Tending the Earth: A Gardener’s Manifesto. 2002
  • City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing. 2010

These demonstrate her advocacy for urban agriculture in city environments Lorraine is currently undertaking research for her new book about urban livestock.

Lorraine frequently contributes articles to magazines and journals such as ‘Canadian Gardening’ and ‘On Nature’ (ONTARIO Nature). In addition, she has been editor for a diverse range of landscape related writings: books, newsletters, essays and booklets. Driven by her many passionate environmental interests and activities, Lorraine has presented often at various clubs, conferences and forums.

In addition to her writing and speaking engagements, Lorraine has taken a leadership and teaching role in notable community organizations.
Lorraine’s work has been instrumental to the preservation, protection and improvement of Toronto’s wonderfully diverse landscapes.


OALA Award for Service to the Environment

This award is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency in the Province of Ontario to recognize and encourage a special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. The contribution must emulate the fundamental principles of OALA and the OALA Mission Statement and go beyond the normal levels of community action in preserving, protecting or improving the environment.

Green Infrastructure Ontario

Green Infrastructure

Accepting this award is Paul Ronan, member of the Steering Committee, and Executive Director of Ontario Parks Association.

The discussion of forming a coalition began in 2007 over coffee among a group of organizational leaders in various environmental fields seeing the need to change how we work to better our well-being. The discussion turned into talks of partnership and the need to promote the use of green technology as a way to work with the effects of climate change and improve our connection with the natural environment and ultimately better our physical and mental health. A Steering Committee was formed in 2009 consisting of the founding members and by 2010, the Steering Committee had grown to seven member strong adding Deborah Martin-Downs of The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA),

Paul Ronan of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA), David Stonehouse of Evergreen, Doris Chee then Secretary of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), and added Charley Worte of Conservation Ontario in 2013. By the end of 2013, the Steering Committee also included supporters actively involved with initiatives brought to the Committees attention. These supporters include Faisal Moola of David Suzuki Foundation, Rob Keen of Forests Ontario and Clifford Maynes of Green Communities Canada.

Founded in 2011 by Steven Peck of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), Janet McKay of Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) and Tony DiGiovanni of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LOHTA), Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition is affecting policies and decision makers in both the public and private sectors for a more economical, sustainable and healthier benefits for our need of built infrastructure. Policy wins attributed to the work of GIO are seen in the recent acknowledgment of green infrastructure by the Province of Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing in its revised Provincial Policy Statement. This policy win, and a shift of momentum in favour of green infrastructure as a legitimate alternative to grey (traditional) infrastructure can largely be attributed to GIO and their 2012 report: Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario. This report drew upon input from diverse stakeholders and existing research to present an argument for improved policy and support in favour of green infrastructure in Ontario.

TRCA for the Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of Toronto and Region Conservation Authorities


Accepting the award are Laurie Nelson and Mary-Ann Burns, members of the primary policy team within TRCA’s Planning and Development Division.

This document is the result of collaboration of environmental professionals within the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in the production of a technical policy document that provides the foundation for site review and design in compliance with the Conservation Authorities Act. The document also advocates the integration of art and science when addressing enviormental issues in a rapidly growing region. This creative approach to our urbanizing landscape will bring value and permit development of complex site planning scenarios while respecting our greenspace system.

Seeking opportunities to enhance the resilience of new and revitalizing communities, our professionals look to the research of our watershed studies to manage boarder community and site plan changes to meet Provincial standards. TRCA’s plan review teams are committed to fostering a green foundation for new development and redevelopment alike that reaps benefits for public safety, environmental regeneration, and improved urban spaces critical for both environmental and human health. This integrated approach to watershed management complements both the natural hazard and natural heritage objectives of the Provincial Policy Statement, while contributing to achieving Growth Plan objectives.

The work of environmental planners and landscape architects is changing perspectives on the value of “green” to that of a key contributor to interconnected, multi-functional landscapes providing benefits for urban biodiversity and improved urban spaces for beauty and social activities.

This document has been reviewed by 18 municipalities within TRCA’s jurisdiction, been throgh extensive public consulation, the BILD (the Building Industry and Land Development association) and several provincial agencies. It has gained solid support as a policy document clearly articulating the Conservation Authority roles and responsibilities and our partnering approach with other agencies and groups to address urgent environmental needs. The vision for a well-designed and scientifically managed environment that supports sustainable living and an attractive public realm is certainly fundamental to our concepts of “nature in the city” and a future Living City.

This document is the first of its kind in Ontario, providing a foundation policy model applicable to many Conservation Authorities across Ontario.This policy program and its inherent principles builds a strong correlation between the OALA mission for maintaining professional standards, as well as, serving and protecting the public interest.

The Living City Policies has taken many years to prepare this research and policy framework which will contribute to solid development design and regulatory approvals as our City Region moves into the Growth Plan phases of implementation. A view of the value of creative technical design resolution and thoughtful landscape integration is imperative for the future of a quality landscape in our city region.


David Erb Memorial Award

The award is named after David Erb who was an outstanding volunteer in furthering the goals of OALA and his example set a truly high standard. The award is the best way to acknowledge the one outstanding OALA member each year whose volunteer contributions over a number of years have made a real difference.

Kendall Flower

Kendall FlowerKendall Flower is a tireless volunteer who has made significant contributions to the OALA over the past several years, and it is for this reason that she was chosen to receive this award.

As Chair, and the driving force, of the Mandatory Continuing Education Committee (MCEC), Kendall Flower has lead a small committee and the entire Association membership though one of the most challenging growth and transition stages that we have faced as a professional association.

As an association, we have been taking steps to refine and define who we are as a profession and as professionals. The implementation of a Mandatory Continuing Education program is one-more big step.

Kendall has brought her wonder gifts to this volunteer leadership role.

  • Kendall is thoughtful – She listens to her fellow taskforce members, to the concerns expressed by the membership and to the guidance from Council.
  • Kendall is organized – She brings project management skills to her volunteer work that would make a military logistics expert astounded.
  • Kendall is tireless – she has shown unwavering leadership and rolled up her sleeves to get the job done – creating an enormous amount of detailed and useful analysis, research, documentation, and solutions to implement the program.
  • Kendall is persistent – leading the process for over three years, she turned a rather unpopular idea into a meaningful and well understood program that addresses the concerns, interests and needs of the Association membership.
  • Kendall is committed – her love of the profession and belief in the contributions landscape architects can make is obvious in everything she does.

Since 2012, Kendall has led her fellow volunteer committee members in the development and implementation of a program that has been based on extensive consultation with the OALA membership. At their many monthly meetings, Kendall and committee developed many tools to engage OALA members and to refine the MCE program through several rounds of iteration. The sheer volume and diversity of products has been incredible.

The MCE Committee members, Council and the many OALA members are thankful for Kendall’s gift of her time as an exemplary volunteer.


OALA Public Practice Award

This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of a member of the profession in public practice who promotes and enhances landscape architecture by working for improved understanding and appreciation of the work of landscape architects in both public and private practice.

Linda Irvine

Linda ThorneLinda has been employed with the City of Markham since 1998, as Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, and responsible for overseeing all new park development within Markham’s new communities and subdivisions. For over 16 years, she has managed an expanding department of professional staff who have been part of a team to deliver more than $90 million dollars of new parks all across the municipality. Markham is well known for designing and delivering “complete communities”, such as Cornell, and the delivery of great parks and public realm is an essential component of this overall vision. Prior to joining the City, Linda was a faculty member in various landscape architectural programs in the United States and Canada for approximately 15 years.

One of the criteria for this award includes “promoting and enhancing landscape architecture by working for improved understanding and appreciation of the work of landscape architects in both public and private practice”. I believe that Linda more than exemplifies this, and over her career, she has served and promoted the profession well, in all of her roles on the Boards, Committees and Task Forces of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Further, Linda has presented numerous papers and presentations at professional conferences, and has written extensively in professional publications about the important role for landscape architects in the planning and design of meaningful, relevant, healthy, and sustainable parks and public spaces.

William Sleeth

William SleethThose who know William have come to appreciate his unwavering commitment to the public practice of landscape architecture at the City of Kitchener. William was a graduate of the University of Guelph where he distinguished himself as someone committed to environmental issues. When William started his job with the City of Kitchener in 1980 he faced a number of challenges resulting from the limitations of what the City understood about landscape architecture. William worked tirelessly to raise the value of the profession at the City. In his 34 years of public practice he not only increased the profile for landscape architecture but also was instrumental in the development of new public projects and policies that have changed the face of the City. Through William’s efforts and with the support of the OALA, the City of Kitchener by 1989 had revised their job description and hiring criteria for Landscape Architect. Today the City employs 10 landscape architects and requires full OALA membership. The City’s landscape architects now have authority for review and approval of various subdivision and site development submission requirements.

Throughout his career, William worked to translate landscape architectural principles and processes into the environment of municipal parks planning and development practices. These fundamentals have been articulated through William’s career works by way of the many master plans, planning studies and infrastructure development projects led by him, as well as by his work to create municipal standards and standard processes that embody landscape architectural principles.

William long envisioned that implementation of planning and development practices which embody landscape architectural principles, be undertaken by staff throughout the corporation and not only by the City’s landscape architects. Standard Kitchener processes now require that the scope of development applications review, major planning studies and municipal infrastructure works integrate park, open space, multi-use pathway and street scape planning priorities. As a direct result of William’s efforts, planning and development staff throughout the corporation now contribute through their daily work toward the objectives of a number of significant parks, trails and open space master plans which William either led or provided primary support.

As the ‘go-to’ landscape architect for the City of Kitchener since 1980, William has been their design and development team’s inspirational leader and primary representative. He has contributed to communities throughout Kitchener, creating and contributing to the planning and development of parks, facilities, streetscapes and natural open spaces that add to the quality of daily life for Kitchener’s citizens. He conceived of and advocated for systemic corporate processes that will ensure that City of Kitchener staff continue to implement landscape architectural planning principles long after people have forgotten that it was through William’s dedicated efforts that these Kitchener processes are in place. His personal and professional example continues to guide his staff team colleagues.